About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower students, serve families, and inspire greatness. We know that applying to college can be overwhelming, which is why we strive to make this process enjoyable for families. We navigate the complex, multi-year process by working one-on-one with students as early as their freshman year of high school. But it’s not just about getting into college. At the core of everything we do is a passion for helping young people find their future.  

Get to Know Us

Class 101 Blackwater is full of college planning experts who love helping students on the path to higher education. We all became a part of the Class 101 family because we want to make a difference in young people’s lives. Our various backgrounds aid us in doing this.

Dr. Naomi G. Barnes


Naomi G. Barnes is an experienced educator, entrepreneur, and community activist. She is skilled in teaching, advising, and mentoring young ladies in the community. Dr. Barnes is a lively, self-motivated lifelong learner who earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-8) with a minor in History and Music from Jackson State University, Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision from Nova University, and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She has spent her career in education as a teacher at every level, an elementary principal, a lead teacher at the Department of Juvenile Justice, a Director of Education, a community tutor, and  a consultant. Dr. Barnes is also co-owner of Class 101 Blackwater, a college planning franchise and a certified Notary. Dr. Barnes enjoys traveling, reading, and giving back to the community.

Dr. Patrice A. Williams-Shuford


Patrice A. Williams-Shuford is an experienced educator and entrepreneur. She is skilled in teaching, planning, and building educational support systems. Dr. Williams-Shuford is a dynamic education professional who earned her Bachelor of Science in English and Psychology from the University of South Alabama, Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Mobile, Specialist in Education in English Education from Florida State University, and Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has spent her career in education as an English teacher, an English professor, a college advisor, a higher education administrator, a workshop presenter, and a project consultant. Dr. Williams-Shuford is the owner of PAWS Proofing Portal, an online copy editing/proofreading service and co-owner of Class 101 Blackwater, a college planning franchise. She is certified in Business Marketing and Entrepreneurship through Northwest Florida State College and Pensacola State College, respectively. Dr. Williams-Shuford enjoys working with students, working with educators, working with other business owners, and being involved with the community.

Krystal Reynolds

ACT Science Instructor

Felton C. Barnes

ACT Math Instructor

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Dr. Naomi G. Barnes

Dr. Patrice A. Williams-Shuford



292 W Oakdale Ave, Crestview, FL 32536

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